Back Dew Claws - Removal?
I need to decide whether or not to remove Shya's extra toes when she goes in for spaying in a few months. She has a dew claw on each of her back feet/legs. They are very floppy and not attached by bone.
I've checked the forum, and it seems most people regret having removal done because it was unnecessarily painful for the dog. I'm sure removal of a claw and bone is horrible for the animal, but is this the same for loosely attached claws?
Also, are back-feet dew claws prone to the same ripping and tearing as front ones? Since dogs don't use the back feet as much for digging or jumping up on things, I'm thinking they aren't as much a risk as the front ones. I'd rather keep them. Its easy to clip the nails once a week. But I don't want to have her rip them and then go back for surgery later on.
'Shya' Xaera vom Nordosten Haus, GSD (b. Jan 2010)
'Behr' (2000-2009), GSD, always in my heart.